The Industrial Materials Recycling research group has been significantly active in the battery recycling since 2007. We have developed a hydrometallurgical process for the recovery of valuable metals from NiMH batteries, and later also for Lithium-ion batteries. The research has been supported by Stena Metall AB, Vinnova and the Swedish Battery fund, Stiftelsen Åforsk and the European Union (FP7, H2020 and Inno-Energy).
In the field of alkaline batteries recycling we have developed a combined process (pyrolysis and hydrometallurgy), where high purity Zn and ZnO oxides can be produced and Mn3O4 with a high grade can be made after hydrometallurgical purification.
Recently we have been very active in the field of Li-ion batteries recycling. Our main objectives are to develop a pure hydrometallurgical and flexible process and a process applicable after thermal treatment. We have collaborations and research projects together with our industrial partners; Northvolt AB, Volvo Cars AB, Stena Metall AB, Nouryon AB, MEAB AB, Accurec Recycling GmbH (Germany) and Akkuser OY (Finland).
Assistant Professor, Martina Petranikova, hydrometallurgy, directive, mechanical processing, regulations
Docent, Mark Foreman, hydrometallurgy
Research Specialist, Burcak Ebin, pyrometallurgy
Post Doc, Nathália Vieceli, li-jon battery
PhD Student, Gabriele Lombardo, pyrolysis